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Most Popular Inc., San Rafael, Calif., a portal for architects, designers and builders, to FCB Worldwide, San Francisco, as first agency for its less than $5 million account. FBC is agency for Autodesk, which is backing the buzzsaw venture.

Garden Ridge, a Houston-based home decor megastore, to Publicis, Dallas, for branding and Publicis Technology, San Francisco, for Web design and online marketing.

WPP Group, London, said it's looking for a new chairman to succeed Hamish Maxwell, the former chairman-CEO of Philip Morris Cos. who in July 1996 joined the holding company for J. Walter Thompson Co. and Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. WPP is using unnamed headhunters.

Lowe Lintas & Partners Worldwide appointed Ronald Yue as its CEO in the Asia-Pacific. Mr. Yue previously was president of Lowe & Partners Asia-Pacific. Ian Creasey, formerly president of Ammirati Puris Lintas, Asia-Pacific, retains his position in the new network.

Matt Hofherr, planning director and a principal at Gardner, Geary, Coll & Young, San Francisco, plans to leave the agency.

Copyright December 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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